The appointment was at 8:00 a.m. and in Baltimore, so the wimp in me who hates driving into a city asked my mom to come along. It was really helpful in many ways since Jonah was his typical mess and my mom was able to take him out of the assessment room while we finished up.
not related to the pathologist, but she does love her backpack
After giving the pathologist the history, she said that it sounded like things were going pretty well and that we could start with some parenting sessions and go from there. Honestly, in the last 3 weeks Noelle's speech has improved so much, that I was really hoping the pathologist would tell me to just keep doing what we're doing. I told her as much, and she said we could absolutely do that. She said that since we'd done the assessment and were in the Mount Washington system, if we changed our minds later on down the road, it would be easier to get her in.
I've been praying that Noelle's speech would improve and I am so thankful that we don't have to drive down to Baltimore multiple times a month! We also had her six month assessment with the therapist we've been seeing through the Infants and Toddlers Program and she has met all the goals we set for her! We made new goals for the next six months, and will continue with the in-home therapy for now.
And just an example of how her speech has improved: last Sunday she went with Luke to hang out at his parents while his sister Hannah was visiting. When she came home I asked her if she had fun with Aunt Hannah, and she answered with "Yes, I did!" I about fell over in shock that she had said a complete sentence. So happy for my girl!
We also had Noelle's first appointment with the dentist. To keep things simple, we took her to the dentist Luke and I have been using instead of finding one who specifically works with children. The hygienist and dentist were both great with her, but she was not having it and would not let anyone look in her mouth.
Noelle is not too sure about what's going on.
We finished with her picking prizes from the treasure chest for "doing so well." The dentist told me she did about as well as most 2 year olds, and that we don't have to come back for another year. Thank goodness!
Jonah's happy moment at the dentist until he lost it
while I sat with Noelle